But here's the thing: to my knowledge, Rav Berland has NEVER made a promise like this before that anyone who participates in the tikkun arranged for tomorrow, the day of Yesod she be Yesod in the counting of the Omer, will find their shidduch or overcome their infertility issues.
Rav Berland - and all the other big tzaddikim that are the real deal - don't make promises like this lightly. Sadly, a lot of us (including me....) have been burned by 'fake rabbis' that make all sorts of promises along the lines of 'do this, and X will happen' that just haven't materialised, so we think twice when we read these things now.
But here's the different: Rav Berland is the real deal, and the Gadol HaDor.
Of course, we will still have to overcome the huge internal battle of having emunat tzaddikim that starts off inside all of us, dafka especially when the tzaddik in question is the real deal.
Sadly, when I was enthralled by all the fakers, it never crossed my mind for a moment to doubt them - until they'd wreaked complete havoc in so many areas of my life.
The writing in the tiny picture above says this:
Three weeks ago, before the Tikkun had even begun, a man signed up for it to find his soulmate. A few days' later, he got offered a Shidduch, and when he asked Rav Berland, shlita, the Rav gave his blessing and they got engaged on L'ag B'omer in Meron.
If you click HERE, you can read one of my favorite ones - where the Rav not only arranged a shidduch in half an hour, he also 'arranged' that someone else would pay for the whole wedding ten years before the couple even got engaged.
So now, let's deal with the objections:
1) IT COSTS MONEY TO PARTICIPATE - (1000 NIS) - That's because when people are suffering in some way, or having difficulties in life, this suffering is a result of harsh spiritual judgments that are causing them all these problems. Clean off the harsh spiritual judgments, and the problem disappears.
This is known as a pidyon nefesh, and you can learn more about how that works HERE.
How do you 'clean off' these spiritual judgments? Rebbe Nachman writes extensively about this, but he explains that you pay 'money for blood' - literally, 'blood money'. It's so hard to part with the cash, isnt' it? Mamash, it's kind of upsetting and even a little bit painful.
That's the point.
You take the 'hit' in your wallet instead of in your life or health. And for what it's worth, 1000 nis,while it's still a lot of money, it's really a tiny amount if it means you'll find your soulmate or have a baby.
2) I DON'T BELIEVE IT'S GOING TO WORK - I hear you! Trusting that God really wants to do miracles like this for us, especially if we've had years of nothing really moving, can be very, very hard. Here's what I suggest: Go and talk to God about it for half an hour, and just see what sort of clarity you have afterwards. If God whispers in your ear to give it a go - give it a go without second-guessing yourself!
We know that the yetzer hara yells, while the yetzer hara whsipers....
So give yourself some peace and quiet, sit for half an hour and talk to God, and see what message gets whispered at you.
3) MY EMUNAT TZADDIKIM IS PRETTY SHAKY - I don't blame you, especially if you've come across the same sort of rabbinic fakers I have over the last few years.
On shabbat, I read the following (in 'Tzaddik) about Rebbe Nachman, that sounded so eerily like everything that's gone on with Rav Berland:
People used to say of the Rebbe, 'There's no middle way.' Either he was what his opponents, who 'speak arrogantly against the righteous' said he was. Or else, he really was a true Tzaddik, in which case he was an entirely unique, exalted and awesome figure, quite beyond the grasp of the human mind.
Many times, the Rebbe himself repeated the popular catchphrase, 'there's no middle way'...when confronted with a choice one had simply to choose the truth.
Read the quote from 'Tzaddik', and make up your own mind about what's really going on here.
If you want to participate, this is your last day to sign up. I cut and pasted the details from the Shuvu Banim website for you, below, to make it as easy as possible.
Also, when you get your miracle, please let me know, as I love, love, love hearing these stories.
So, what are you waiting for?
To participate in the Tikkun for singles (or to register someone else to be included), and to make the 1000 shekel pidyon nefesh payment, please go HERE for the English language registration form.
Alternatively, you can arrange registration over the phone in English by calling:
From Israel: 02-650-2929 extension 1
From the US: Call/text: 347-873-1222